Retired Maj. Gen. Irv Halter, the presumptive Democratic nominee for Doug Lamborn’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has got so many things going for him that it’s possible to imagine that (gasp! choke!) he might actually win.
In the past, Democrats have tried to appeal to El Paso County voters by nominating retired colonels. That only showed voters that Dems know little and understand less about military hierarchies.
There are lots of retired colonels around, and many have had distinguished military and post-military careers. They’re fine people, but career officers understand what it means to be a retired colonel. It means you didn’t make the grade, didn’t get promoted, didn’t become a general officer.
Halter’s narrative is different. Here’s a guy who served with, not under, the three- and four-stars who now command our armed forces. Colonels run supply depots; generals command.
That should make a difference in the race. Military folks know that soft-hearted, mush-brained liberals don’t make general. When Halter presents himself as a fiscally conservative, military-friendly moderate they’ll believe, not snicker behind his back.
The Halter campaign released some reasonably impressive third quarter numbers this morning. Here they are, compared to Lamborn’s numbers.
Halter 3rd Quarter Summary:
Total Raised = $121,023.95
Total Disbursements = $37,857.43
Cash on Hand = $83,166.52
The campaign had 370 individual donors:
95% of the donors reside in Colorado.
48% of the donors reside in Colorado Springs.
0% of the donors are Political Action Committees.
Lamborn 3rd Quarter Summary:
Total Raised = $60,770.00
Total Disbursements = $13,048.71
Cash on Hand = $70,640.03
Here’s the breakdown of his donor base, according to the Halter campaign:
77% or $46,525.00 came from Political Action Committees.
23% or $14,245.00 came from individuals.
It’s clear that Lamborn hasn’t even started to raise serious money. Those numbers will change once he makes a few calls. There are a lot of deep-pocketed conservative players out there (Koch Brothers, anyone?), as well as a lot of independently funded issue committees that will be spending money to get Lamborn re-elected.
Yet given the dismal reputation of congressional Republicans, Halter has a fighter’s chance. With a couple of breaks, Jacksonville could have beaten the Broncos on Sunday, which ought to encourage underdogs everywhere. It’s a year until Election Day, so a lot of things have to go Halter’s way. Let’s see … maybe Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Rush Limbaugh will host a fundraiser for the General?
Not likely – but even if they did, Lamborn would still be the favorite.